From all of us at the Acme Companies, we would like to thank all of those who participated in this past weekend's festivities! This was the first year that we have had a car in every one of our classes! We had a total of 54 registered cars as well as some who decided not to register! The winners are as followed:
A: Bug (stock- 1967 & older) John Shaver's 1957 convertible beetle
B: Bug (stock- 1968 & newer) Rich Maisano's 1968 beetle
C: Bug (custom- 1967 & older) Paul Augusiewicz's 1966 beetle
D: bug (custom- 1968 & newer) Jason Rotkiske's 1972 standard beetle
E: Bus (all years) Fred Jarrett's 1978 Westy
F: Type 3&4 (all years) Colt Musser's 1973 Squareback
G: Special Interest Bill Sheerwood's 1970 Vandetta
H: Dune Buggy (fiberglass) Jeff lentz's 1970 Allison Dayton (Brought to the show by Keith Rugh)
I: Rat Rod/baja (stock body based) Jim Rhoads's 1963 chopped beetle
J: Sand Rail Chris Bashaw's 1968 Berrien Cruiser
K: Karmann Ghia (all years) Scott Fiertner's 1964 Convertable Ghia
L: Race Car (VW based or VW powered) Paul & Stephanie Mabin's "Puzzle Manx"
Best in Show: Colt Mussers 1973 Squareback
Peoples Choice: Alex Roe's Red, White, and Blue Nostalgia
The Bugs by the River weekend festivities kick off in just 2 days with the Acme Run Down the River will kick off with a drivers meeting at 9:30 in our back lot! We hope to see you there! Anyone from out of town coming we have people camping in our back lot as well as some staying at different hotels locally all are welcome to join!
Getting the final products done for customer who will be picking up at our show which is only 3 days away… we are finishing up a few chassis as well as an moss green and emerald green Nostalgia for 109 dune buggies as well as and orange Nostalgia for another customer!
Today for Fiberglass Friday we thought we would share with you a buggy that
came into the shop for a bit of work. What is special about this buggy is it
is actually a body that Berrien Buggy used to produce called a Berrien
Citation II! This particular example is one of very few that we have seen
that have the Manx style hood rather than the model t style hood! This body
is also still in its original Brilliant Orange Metal Flake Gel Coat which is
in good condition with no stress cracks! One of the easiest ways to identify
a Citation II is the edge of the body has a lip that runs all the way around
it! Although we do still have the mold for this body it was badly damaged
when we received it and sadly would take a lot to bring it back into production.
On Friday we shared some photos in our post of Tyler rolling on some fiberglass to the first Nostalgia to be produced in the new Acme Composites shop at our facility in New Cumberland. Well as some of you may have seen on our story late in the day on Friday we popped that body out of the mold! Although this body is not finished we wanted to show you how bodies look fresh out of the mold before trimming and buffing! One of the big things you'll notice is there is a large lip around the outside that you would never see on the finished product. That is there for one main reason and that is that it gives us something to pry on (we use plastic chisels for that), when we go to pop the body from the mold without putting any blemishes, or stress cracks, on the body. One other difference which you don’t see as much in photo or even in person all that much is the sheen and smoothness is not as bright and as smooth as it will be after all is said and done and its been trimmed and buffed!
With our show less then a month as way we have been very busy not only getting new products in and on display, such as our new booney hats, Tri Mill exhaust,and B&D Transmissions! But also getting some fiberglass products finished such as this Emerald Green Metal Flake Nostalgia that you see Tyler rolling of some fiberglass on which will be picked up at our show by our dealer Faron form 109 Dune Buggies in Texas! Lastly in the Car Co shop while finishing up customer cars they also have to make sure that our buggies are ready for The Acme Run Down The River on the 23rd! There is a lot going on all around the shops all in preparation for the big day September 24th for Bugs by the River and we hope to see you there!
We had some big things happen yesterday afternoon! The very first bit of production started in the new Acme Composites shop! Although this is not a dune buggy, like we often share, it is one of the parts that we make on a regular basis, This is actually a @GVMinc Prowler tractor hood! One of the best parts about having the composites shop relocated here on the same property is that we will have more opportunities to share some of the different things that we make for our customers, from dune buggies and kit car bodies, to tractor hoods and piano lids!